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Culture Beat / December 9, 2016

The Rainbow Mafia Claims Another Victim

Bed and breakfast owner fined for refusing to host same-sex wedding.

A ruling against TimberCreek Bed & Breakfast for refusing to host a same-sex wedding was upheld by a three-member panel of the Illinois Human Rights Commission by its refusal to hear an appeal of the original ruling. In 2011, Jim Walder, owner of TimberCreek, refused to host a same-sex couple’s wedding on religious-conviction grounds. Walder is a devout Christian and stated, “We will never host same-sex civil unions. We will never host same-sex weddings even if they become legal in Illinois.”

A same-sex couple evidentially took umbrage and sued Walden for discrimination. (That is the modus operandi for the Rainbow Mafia.) This past March, the couple won and the state ordered Walden to pay $30,000 for causing “emotional distress” plus another $50,000 in attorney fees. Walden argued, “In our opinion, forcing a small business with one employee to host gay marriage which violates the owners sincerely-held Biblical belief that marriage is between one man and one woman is an extreme circumstance, especially when marriage has been understood for thousands of years to be a union between one man and one woman.”

Once again the freedom for sexual deviancy trumps an individual’s First Amendment rights. For those who seek to argue that this is a discrimination issue — that no one should have the right to discriminate against another — the truth is one way or another someone is being discriminated against. Clearly, the message being sent by those in power is that freedom of conscience and freedom of religion are secondary rights that must be discriminated against if they don’t uphold the new moral order of sexual liberation. It may not be long before faithful Christians find themselves squeezed out of mainstream America entirely. Then again, Jesus Christ didn’t tell his followers that the world would love them…

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